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Calling All Drug Dealers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Does this sound familiar? A poor, minority community experiences high levels of violence and drug dealing. A predominantly white police force sweeps in and arrests many offenders. ...

Interview with a 'Hopeful Skeptic' Nick Fielder
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830837272?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0830837272">&l ...

My Hometown Makes the Front Page of The Washington Post
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>At a recent holiday party, I tried to describe my hometown of Warren, Ohio.</p&g ...

Obama's Nobel Speech: What If?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

What if? What if Obama's speech had not simply referenced Gandhi and King but followed them in following the way of Jesus? What if? What if Obama's speech had not simply ...

Cheerful Books for the Bleak Midwinter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

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Drowning in a Rising Tide
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> This month I watched as folks in Washington D.C. ce ...

Halliburton and the 'Resource Curse'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Part I of an interview with David Ugolor, head of the <a href="http://www.aneej.org/">African Network for Environment and Economic Justice</a>.</p> Par ...

Rediscovering Values: A Book I Didn't Plan to Write
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> I am an Evangelical Christian. What does that mean ...

Seeing Christ in Human Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Today, Dec. 10, is Human Rights Day, an annual observance commemorating the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Today, Dec. 10, is Human Rights Day, ...

Climate Justice Clips: The Real Conspiracy at Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"This is analogous to the indulgences that the Catholic Church sold in the middle ages. The bishops collected lots of money and the sinners got redemption. Both parties liked that arrangement des ...

Advent: Hope for Immigrants Too
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last year at Christmastime one of my neighbors was deported. The next day his mother showed up to volunteer as a gift wrapper at our annual community Christmas Store. Last year at ...

I've Done It. I've Reclaimed Christmas.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I refuse to write a blog about how overwhelmed I am by the holiday season. I'm not going to wax eloquent about how the season I loved most as a child has become the source of excruciating stress. ...

Christmas Toy Drives Bring Protests of Anti-Immigrant Discrimination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Last week we received word from Houston, Texas, that some charitable organizations would screen out the children of undocumented residents of the city when it comes time to distribute toys and othe ...

Attacking Our Mental Programming on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'll tell you up front -- I'm going to talk about race. I know some are tired of hearing about it, and I think that's mainly because we've been hearing about it in the same ways for so long ...

Three Ways to Remind Hospitals Why They Exist
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

What to do as a Christian when presented with an injustice? I missed. What to do as a Christian when presented with an injustice? I missed. After sharing my story about how outr ...

Beyond 'Diversity': New Creation and a Mestizo Vision
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"Integration" and "diversity" do not express God's purpose for reconciliation deeply enough. What we need is a fresh paradigm that declares our <em>new</em> culture in Chri ...

Lamenting Churches Labeled by Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So there is something on my mind, and I'm not quite sure how to approach the subject. So there is something on my mind, and I'm not quite sure how to approach the subjec ...

In My Community: Equal at Birth, but Incarcerated at Adulthood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dane County, Wisconsin, is an amazing community for African-American babies to be born into. It is a horrible community in which to live if you are an adult African-American male. ...

This Thanksgiving Remember the Immigrant, Pilgrim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally/8116193_7PzaR#530383196_HMehM"></a>As I take time to reflect on what I am truly thankful ...

'Breaking Bread and Barriers': Storytelling Connects Personal Immigration Experiences with Scripture
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here's a glimpse into what's happening around the country on immigration reform:</p> Here's a glimpse into what's happening around the country on immigra ...

Deadly Viper Backlash: Doing the Right Thing is Only the First Step
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In case you hadn't heard, Zondervan made <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/20/tremendous-act-of-repentance-by-zondervan/" target="_blank">a major announcement</a> yeste ...

Tremendous Act of Repentance by Zondervan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Zondervan Statement Regarding Concerns Voiced About <em>Deadly Viper: Character Assassins</em> from Moe Girkins, President and CEO:</p> <blockquote><p>Hello and thanks for your pa ...

The Charter for Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sympathy for another's suffering."</p> Compassion is, by one definition, "a deep awareness and sy ...

Why Big D Needs a Justice Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Residents of the Lone Star state are known as proud folk, but there are a few startling facts that should make everyone -- not just ...

Thanking the Refugee (The Plank in Australia's Eye, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/09/the-plank-in-australias-eye/">[continued from part 1]</a> Philosopher Emmanuel Levinas reminds us that "the other" is not an object for ...

Walking, Chewing Gum, and Confronting Racism and Sexism at the Same Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

People who do diversity work run the risk of setting impossible goals for themselves: The Beloved Community. The Kingdom of God. People who do diversity work run the risk of setti ...

Continuing an Honest Conversation on Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I want to follow up on yesterday's post which I believe has broken the record for the longest title in history: <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/04/three-general-thoughts-on-deadly-vipers-mik ...

Audio: For God So Loved the World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. He emphasizes that new birth thro ...

Calling Big Banks to Account
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Thousands of protesters <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091027/ts_alt_afp/uspoliticsfinanceprotest">converged on Chicago</a> last week to demand banking reform, challenging bankers ...

Helping the Church Be the Church
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>Every day churches across the country respond to the economic crisis by supporting families in need, assisting those in search of a jo ...

Christianity Today and Cultural Captivity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last month's <em>Christianity Today</em> featured an <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/october/13.23.html?start=5" target="_blank">article </a>o ...

Gran Torino Revisited
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I had starting writing this post last night, before receiving <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/30/why-clint-eastwood-can-be-trusted-with-mandela-and-why-glenn-beck-cant-be-trusted-with-mlk/"& ...

Whip It: What a Girl Power Movie Should Be
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This is what a girl power movie should be. I went to see Whip It because it looked fun and was a totally Austin film (there's something fun about sitting in the Alamo Drafthouse watching a movie ...

Confronting Urban Violence with Jesus' Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This morning as I was running on the treadmill, I was also watching CNN. A story came on about a shooting in Washington, D.C. The police chief was speaking, with the mayor of D.C looking on. ...

Justice Revival is Coming
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>Earlier this month, I was in Dallas for the official launch of Sojourners' next <a href="http://www.justicerevival.org/&q ...

It's Time for a Justice Revival
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.justicerevival.org"></a>"It's time."</p> <p>"Dallas needs this."</p> <p>Those are the two statements Aaron ...

In Defense of the Suburbs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This past week I was walking home from the school drop-off with a newish friend. Swapping stories about the basics of our lives. Marital status, where we grew up, favorite pastimes. ...

Faith Leaders Urge Obama on Gulf Coast Recovery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Domestic/New-Orleans-After-Katrina/9719058_xD68E#658306044_ysCST"></a>President Obama arrived in New Orleans last week for his first vis ...

Audio: Remember Your Immigrant Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

In this short clip from a recent sermon, Pastor Efrem encourages European Americans to remember their own immigrant heritage and history in order to inform their current attitudes toward immigratio ...

The 'Other' Chicago: A New Tale of Two Cities
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It has been over a week since the news story broke of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/30/a-prayer-for-derrion-albert/">deadly beating of 16 year old Derrion Albert</a> on Chicag ...

Surprises in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My brief visit to Zimbabwe had a few surprises, such as availability of basic foodstuffs instead of empty shelves in supermarkets. My brief visit to Zimbabwe had a few surprises, ...

Growing the Beloved Community in Spite of Sinful Soil
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke often of something he called the beloved community. This was the title given to describe a reality in which freedom, love, justice, and reconciliation would reign. ...

A Faith Declaration for Health-Care Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Over the course of the health-care debate, voices of faith have been raised about the moral values at stake beneath the policy discussions. Over the course of the health-care deba ...

Scripture and History Remind Us That We Are All Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Nearly five years ago my friends, Hector and Gabby and their five kids, entered the U.S. legally from Mexico in order to join the pastoral staff at my church, Willow Creek. Nearly ...

Notorious Arizona Sheriff has Federal Immigration Enforcement Role Revoked
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Living in Maricopa County, Arizona, we are used to seeing our <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/12/action-alert-victory-department-of-justice-to-investigate-arizona-sheriffs-racial-profiling/" ...

Teaching Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My first job after college forever changed the way I prayed. Before I started it, I prayed that God would show me how to best serve him after receiving my diploma. My first job a ...

Stopping Anti-Immigrant Violence at its Ideological Roots
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

November 8, 2009 will mark the one-year anniversary of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcello Lucero's brutal murder at the hands of seven high school teens in the infamously anti-immigrant Suffolk County, ...

How Our Health-Care System Wrecks People Who Play by the Rules
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. Recently, I learned that my parents' home is being foreclosed on. This course was set due to illness w ...

Five Benefits of Common Security Clubs' Economic Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this year, I wrote <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=we-re-in-this-together">an article in <em>Sojourners</em ...

Health Care, Race, and the Role of Government
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I was recently talking with a European-American friend of mine who is also an evangelical. I am African-American and evangelical. I was recently talking with a European-American f ...